Look what I found!

It’s finally a nice day and after all that wind last week there are branches and sticks all over the yard.  I started picking them up and I saw something metal in the dirt so I dug it out.  I could not believe my eyes!  An 1876 half dollar!  Where did that come from?


This is definitely going to be my lucky 50 cent piece!  I called Rick because I knew he always carried a 50 cent piece and he lost his but he said his was a Kennedy.  What can this mean?

I actually had another post for today so check back later – I’m too busy working outside in this nice weather to stop.

24 thoughts on “Look what I found!

  1. sue

    How much fun is that! So glad you are finally outside again. We could sure use some of your rain here in East Tennessee. May you have not only a lucky day but a lucky year!

  2. Sharon Hultgren

    Wouldn’t you like to know who’s pocket that fell out of!! 😊😊

  3. Angie Rowland

    IT means someone was traveling over your fields in the 1800’s and left you a present. It would e interesting to find out what that would mean in 2016 dollars. Hard work pays off. Good luck for many years.

  4. Diane

    HI Mary–I did a quick check online and it could be worth between $98.00 and $825.00!! It depends on how used it is. Wow. What fun to find something neat on a nice day:) Cool here in Central Ohio, but not raining right now. Enjoy your time outside–hugs to Faye and Millie:)

  5. Kristie Michalowski

    How fun is that! Imagine where it has been all these years and the hands it has traveled though!

  6. Angie Rowland

    I looked it up and you could buy Dr. William’s pink pills for pale people for 50 cents in 1876. I think I would just keep it.

  7. Betty Klosterman

    What a great surprise and it doesn’t look very worn. If it could only talk. Maybe somebody lost it over a hundred years ago.
    About 30-40 years ago my uncle was plowing near Clarion. His brother-in-law had stopped to visit and was just wiggling the toe of his shoe thru the dirt and turned up an arrowhead. Who knows how long that had been there, too.

  8. Jeanine

    Can we see the other side of the coin as well? How cool is that!!!!

  9. Bernadette

    It would make a nice addition to your collection of stuff. I was wondering what the value might be, too. Not bad!

  10. Launa

    Mary…..It’s a seated half dollar……..DO NOT CLEAN IT….that devalues it more..since it was circulated. It has sentimental value to you or you can take it to a coin shop…how ’bout a trip to Las Vegas so we blog fans can see you on Pawn Shop? Just kidding; it certainly was your lucky day.
    You sure deserve more of those.
    Did some sewing this morning. Did you receive your mini mag. yet?
    Enjoy your ‘change’ in the rainy weather.

  11. Kathy

    Sounds like you uncovered a treasure in that 1/2 dollar coin. It’s sure to be a collector’s dream and a good price for you. Sometimes when least expect it, we can find the “pearl of great price,” that makes your heart sing. Sounds like you are enjoying time in the outdoors and the bonus find makes this moment more memorable.

  12. Paula

    I think I would dig a little in that area and see what you can “turn up”. Much rain here in Southern KY. Glad you found something that nice.
    Paula in KY

  13. helen freese

    Good For You!! I hope and pray it brings you tons of luck and Blessings.

  14. Bobby Sutton

    Hi Mary,
    I’m one of Leslie Kemp’s friends in Chestertown, Md. We love your blog and reading about your quilts, Faye, and the chickens. An interesting fact about your 1876 coin….I have receipts from my great-grandfather dated 1876. It shows that he bought 24 yards of quilt lining at 6 1/2 cents a yard, paying a total of $1.50 and 24 yards of shirting material at 8 1/3 cents a yard for a total of $2.00. This receipt is dated November 3, 1876 in Greenville, South Carolina. Interesting what you half dollar would buy back then!!
    Bobby

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Bobby – makes me so sad to think that someone lost so much money – just look what it could buy!

  15. San

    Good for you Mary! A lucky find. Years ago I read a book in which the family living in a log cabin stored coins under a loose stone in the fireplace. Perhaps your coin was placed somewhere for safe keeping. How old is your farm?

  16. Ann Barlament

    How wonderful!! If it could only talk….
    And I would be digging around for more!

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